What: No new fires and fire restrictions begin tomorrow
Location: Bitterroot National Forest
Summary: No new fires were spotted on the Bitterroot National Forest on Friday
Bitterroot National Forest firefighters have put out the Maverick fire, south of Willow Mountain and the Bear Overlook fire. The Fitz Creek and Lick Creek fires are currently in patrol status.
There are currently 7 lightning caused wildfires actively burning on the West Fork Ranger District, inside the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with some standing dead timber. No structures are threatened at this time and there are no road or trail closures as a result of these fires. They are being monitored daily by lookout, air and road patrols.
Conditions on the Bitterroot National Forest are extremely dry and the potential for fire spread is very high. Weather on Sunday may bring a chance of thunderstorms.
This Saturday, August 18th at 12:01 a.m., the Forest is implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which limit campfires to Forest-provided fire rings within designated campgrounds or recreation areas. Campfires will not be permitted at dispersed camping sites that do not have a Forest-provided fire ring. Smoking is also prohibited, unless within an enclosed vehicle or building.
For a list of all designated campgrounds and recreation sites, visit the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot